AURORA | The Regis Jesuit field hockey team moved up its state quarterfinal to Wednesday to avoid the impending snow storm.
Instead, the Raiders and Arapahoe ended up playing in the teeth of it.
Neither the conditions nor the Warriors could cool off Regis Jesuit’s play of late as the defending state champions rolled to a 4-0 victory at snow-blown Lou Kellogg Stadium.
Senior Lauren Pendergast, who scored the Raiders’ last two postseason goals a year ago in the state championship game, tallied their first two of this playoff trip as well to put coach Spencer Wagner’s team on its way to a win that qualified it for the Oct. 29 semifinals at All-City Stadium.
“Lauren brought her A-game for sure; she snagged those first two goals for us, which was big,” Wagner said. “She lights up in the playoffs because she wants to win. She knows to win we have to score goals, so she puts it on herself to do that. When she shoots, we win, so it’s good to see.”
Pendergast’s goals temporarily tied her with fellow senior Caitrin Lombardo for the team lead with 11 goals on the season, but Lombardo broke the deadlock with her 12th goal near the midway point of the second half.
Lombardo’s goal came with plenty of cheers as players from the Regis Jesuit football team crowded around behind the Arapahoe goal after coming down from practice.
Senior Zoey Dale scored on a penalty stroke inside the last five minutes to cap the scoring for the Raiders, who didn’t need much. Senior goalie Shay Zilvitis had to make just two saves and Arapahoe had just one penalty corner attempt that was quickly defused by junior Grace Weigand.
With their game completed and ticket punched to the Oct. 29 semifinals at All-City Stadium in Denver, Wagner and the Raiders were planning to go and watch the 4 p.m. contest at Stutler Bowl between No. 3 Cherry Creek and No. 6 Palmer Ridge, as they will play the winner.
“The nice part about having the game today was that I can go watch that game and see how they do,” said Wagner, whose team beat Cherry Creek 2-0 and tied Palmer Ridge 1-1 during the regular season.
“We get to go enjoy some hockey for a day before we prepare for who we are going to play,” he added.
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(2) REGIS JESUIT 4, (7) ARAPAHOE 0
Score by halves:
Arapahoe 0 0 — 0
Regis Jesuit 2 2 — 4